Sitka’s Youth Program culminated an art and ecology summer workshop series with a student-inspired community display at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds in early August. Students of Nestucca K-8 summer school explored the theme, “Our Community Roots” to create mixed media collages with photos provided by the Tillamook South County Historical Society. Images depicted historic venues, industries and community members from the early to mid-1900s. Students studied texture painting techniques and applied a variety of acrylic paint embellishments. Works showcased each student's individualism, creativity and connection to their personal community roots.
Students also coordinated artwork displayed in an art gallery atmosphere for parents, staff and community members to visit at Nestucca K-8. The gallery featured projects created in collaboration with visiting guest artists. Students of grades 1– 4 worked with graphic novelist Jonathan Case to create watercolor illustrations depicting natural environments familiar to the students. The scenes were then enhanced by creative character designs and advanced drawing elements. Grades 5 – 8 participated in a digital photo narrative workshop with guest photographer Mike Vos. Each student took a series of photos, then created a book comprised of the photos to present as a finished visual narrative.